Talks and Ideas to Consider


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We begin again…

We begin again…

Hi all,

Hope you are finding some Zen moments in this new, strange normal. I do miss you all and look forward to finding some footing again in our community.

My plan going forward is to post the week’s goals/tasks on Monday morning with due dates for those tasks on Sundays. You can work on things when it makes sense to you that week. Our main goal: design and revise your writing intensive courses. Each week, we’ll try to focus on a new part of the course design (I’ll offer you a lens/suggestion each week to frame your design work and help coordinate ways to give feedback to each other). I’ll share the weekly plan in an email AND post to the front of our website each week too. We’ll use G+ and Google Docs for the most part for sharing our work.

I would also like to plan to meet via Zoom on Tuesdays at 5:00 for 30-45 minutes to check in on plans and set goals for our work/feedback. This will give you a chance to get comfortable with Zoom since we’ll be using that platform to do the TA interviews in early May. But…

We do have one potential dilemma that I need your help solving: our class should have met today (Tuesday), but of course, classes are cancelled so faculty can prep for distance learning. Next Tuesday is César Chávez day, so again, class would not be scheduled to meet. I can not imagine how we’ll miss three weeks together and still be able to design courses. Would you be able/interested in a quick check in this week (Thursday, the 26th) and/or meeting in small groups next week for support, or even as a whole class on Tuesday, March 31, at 5:00 for an hour?

I have a quick Google Form for feedback; if you could fill it out soon that would be really helpful for planning.

I also want to assure you that Zoom meetings are optional for those of you who have any issues with getting connected. For example, I can create some FAQ’s from the Zoom meetings and share with anyone who might not be able to make a Zoom meeting work. Please know that I have no intention to contribute to stress: you should please ask me for support or direct me to what it helpful for you right now. I will be completely flexible.

Here is a plan for this week (week of March 25):

  • Soon hopefully: Fill out Google Form. Potential check in on Zoom, Thursday, March 26 (see Google Form and give input on time)
  • By Sunday, March 29: Your Partner’s Assignment (was originally due today, March 24). Share your response to your partner’s assignment: the actual writing you did based on their assignment AND feedback to the “instructor”:
    • Questions for feedback: What worked well for you as a writer? What was confusing about the assignment? What suggestions might you make to revise or scaffold the assignment for undergraduates?
    • Share these two things (the assignment response/writing itself and the feedback on the assignment) in our G+ community. Comment under their assignment post.
      • You can link to a Google Doc in the comment area (important: set share settings for Google Doc to “anyone can view”) OR simply copy and paste your response as a comment. Or, share the writing you did in response to their assignment as a Google Doc link (in the comment area) and put the feedback to their assignment in a second comment.
  • Hope to have whole class or small group check-ins next week. Again, options on the Google Form.
  • Here is a link to a Zoom tutorial. But really, I can help everyone. The first time you get a link, it will prompt you to download the app.
  • New plan shared on Mondays for week’s tasks. Watch for new update March 30.


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